THE OKAVANGO DELTA

The Okavango Delta

The Okavango Delta is one of the most famous wilderness destinations in the world. It encompasses everything that is wild africa. The peaceful scenery of the delta, untouched by human hand, is a wonder deep within the Kalahari basin - a true oasis within a desert. Within a country that is 80% arid, the Okavango is a vital source of life. Getting its waters from rain failing in central Africa over 1000km away, it sustains a huge diversity of wildlife.

One of the reasons that the Okavango has become one the most sought after wilderness destination in the world, is the amazing big game viewing. The Wildlife in Okavango is supported in high concentrations both throughout the year and on a seasonal basis. During the wet seasons the larger mammals move out of the delta into the lush grazing that surround it, but as this grazing begins to thin out in the winter, they return once again. From hippos, water birds and water-adapted antelope in the depths of the marsh to elephants, giraffe, lions, cheetahs on dry island outposts, you will not get a better opportunity to see so many amazing species on a single trip.

The ecosystem of the Okavango Delta is amazing. The diversity on show is some of the richest available in Africa. Botswana's commitment to conservation means that it is possible to enjoy over 1,000 plant species, over 400 bird species, and some of the most amazing animals.

A great example of this is the White Rhino. This particularly rare animal had been completely wiped out from this part of Africa. In 2001, they were reintroduced and are now breeding.

Travel Itineraries Featuring The Okavango Delta

Special Places To Stay Near The Okavango Delta

chobe national park

12 suites

Savute Safari Lodge offers an exclusive safari experience in the renowned Savute Channel/Marsh area of Chobe National Park. Tasteful, contemporary style Safari Suites are spacious with large glass sliding doors and private viewing decks. The lounge, library and cocktail bar are in the spectacular thatch and timber main building, which has an upper-level viewing deck to watch the African sunsets. Game viewing is excellent year round. Dry season game viewing concentrates on Savute’s resident bull elephants, lion and much more. The summer rains bring migrating zebra and wildebeest, and swell Savute’s already prolific bird-life.

Camp Okavango

11 tents & 1 reed/thatch Okavango Suite

Camp Okavango is situated on the remote Nxaragha Island in the heart of the permanent Okavango Delta and is the ideal base from which to discover the secrets of this wetland eco-system.

Camp Okavango is a traditional safari camp accommodating guests in eleven en-suite East African style tents and one thatched honeymoon suite.

Xugana Island Lodge

8 reed/thatch chalets

From its position on an island, the lodge overlooks one of the most spectacular permanent water sites in the Okavango Delta. Meals are served in the open boma or al fresco dining area facing the pristine waters of the Delta.

The lounge, bar and dining areas are set under a canopy of fig and leadwood trees and the swimming pool in the gardens in the center of the island.

Baines Camp

5 Suites

Baines Camp, named after a 19th century explorer, is located in the southern Okavango Delta region in a private concession that borders the Moremi Game Reserve. The canvas and thatched elevated tented suites feature a luxury bedroom with a mosquito net draped four poster ‘sky-bed’ that can easily be rolled onto your private deck for a night under the stars, and en-suite facilities with a ‘star bath’ on the deck.

Activities from Baines Camp include 4x4 game drives, mokoro and motorized boating excursions, guided walking safaris and the ‘Living with Elephants’ interaction (additional charge).

Chobe Game Lodge

42 standard rooms; 1 family room; 4 suites

The only permanent game lodge within Chobe National Park, Chobe Game Lodge is set on the banks of the perennial Chobe River, overlooking the fertile floodplains of Namibia.

Each of the air-conditioned river-facing rooms has a private terrace or balcony, and in addition the four luxury suites have private plunge pools and sundeck.